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A 57-year-old East St. Louis man learned a lesson about picking up strangers.
He picked up a woman he didn’t know at 25th and State streets in East St. Louis for what he told police was a “date,” Alorton Police Sgt. Marcus Smith said. The woman, whom police identified as Anisa Q. Brown, 36, from East St. Louis, waited until he was undressed and then she ran off with his personal belongings — including his van.
Brown was charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office with possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a suspended driver’s license. She was taken to St. Clair County Jail and ordered held on a $25,000 bond.
The incident happened Oct. 26, Smith said.
The victim, whom police did not identify, picked Brown up earlier in the day, took her shopping and then the two of them went to Lakeside Motel in Alorton, “where she waited until he was completely naked and then she took his van, wallet and cellphone, “Smith said. The victim was able to call someone for a ride and notified the Alorton Police Department.
Alorton Police Capt. Rory Stewart said the victim and the suspect had been drinking. “When he picked her up they went to a liquor store and bought liquor.”
Asked whether this is common, Stewart said “we do see these kinds of cases often.”
Two days later, the victim helped police recover his vehicle when he spotted it at Ninth Street and Exchange Avenue.
”He spotted Brown in his vehicle and after a brief chase he called East St. Louis police. They arrested the suspect and impounded the vehicle,” Stewart said.
Stewart said he was happy police were able to help the victim get his vehicle back. “He said he was a handyman and all of his tools were in his vehicle,” Stewart said.